Is COVID-19 accelerating water infrastructure growth?
With the COVID-19 pandemic hitting the South African shores, there has been a growing awareness for general hygiene – specifically washing your hands. This sparks the question – is COVID-19 accelerating the growth of water infrastructure in South Africa?
Water is critical in fighting COVID-19 or #flatteningthecurve. In a lot of communities in South Africa where there is no access to potable water, citizens still have to resort to conventional methods to disinfect water – boiling or bleaching. Needless to say, some interventions in alleviating the drought or water deficiency in certain areas of South Africa require fast-tracking. The Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation, Lindiwe Sisulu, announced on 2 April that the government has already distributed 20 000 water tanks to various communities (see here).
A lot more is still needed, including the harnessing of groundwater and implementing readily available, easily accessible water infrastructure schemes.
Kainos Projects Africa and Aqua Partner NPC is currently working together and has the vision of positively impacting communities by executing projects aimed at improving the quality and sustainability of water resources in South Africa and Africa – providing for those in need. We would like to emphasize that this is not only under the condition of COVID-19.
If you know of a community in desperate need of a water or energy resolutions, talk to us by contacting us here and allow us to assist